What the Letters and Numbers On an Automatic Gear Shift Mean

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With some notable exceptions, modern cars sold in North America almost come with automatic gearboxes. People love these transmissions because they are much easier to use than a stick shift. Also, since you won’t focus on changing the gears, automatic cars are safer. Are you wondering what the different automatic … Read more

What Does Eco Mode Do? (and When NOT to Use It)

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Over the last couple of years, fuel prices have skyrocketed, placing additional financial pressure on motorists far and wide. Even those driving smaller, compact cars have begun feeling a significant amount of pain at the pump. This has caused many to forgo their typical Sunday afternoon drive, in favor of … Read more

How to Protect Your Car’s Paintwork

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When you invest copious sums in a new ride, you want to make certain that you keep it looking its best for many years. After all, though the car will eventually age, retaining its “showroom” look demonstrates pride of ownership. It can also ensure that your vehicle fetches top dollar … Read more

5 Things To Consider Before Buying A Car Cover

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Owning a car will not just require you to fill up its tank and park it safely in your garage. While you can always bring it twice a year for its regular check-up, you shouldn’t forget to do light maintenance to keep your car in its best shape. One small … Read more

4 TLC Tips for Your Car

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For many people, their cars are their pride and joy. For an even smaller group, they are also a cherished hobby. Unfortunately, for many of us — even those of us who do take a serious interest in all things automotive — our cars may become neglected, especially if they … Read more

How to Improve Your Truck From Inside Out

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If your truck has been with you a while, it might be time to give it a bit of a makeover. Everyone wants to own the coolest truck on the block. However, spare parts cost plenty and maintenance can be tricky. Sometimes, it’s hard to figure out where to begin … Read more

Fast Facts About Electric Vehicles, Battery Life

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Battery life and electric vehicles go hand in hand. As the main source for vehicle propulsion, an adequately working battery pack is essential. Just as cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other devices utilize lithium-ion batteries, so do most electric vehicles. Keeping batteries healthy will prolong use. In EVs, that can … Read more

4 Car Upholstery Cleaning Tips

You are an expert when it comes to keeping your car’s exterior looking great as you carefully wash it, add wax, and detail the wheels regularly. Inside, however, may be another matter, one that you’ve handled by occasionally vacuuming the seats and floors, and applying protectant across the dash and … Read more

How to Detail Your Car Like a Professional

If you want to get your car to look “showroom new” you can either pay handsomely to have a professional detail it or do the job yourself. Choose an overcast day or find a shady area to undertake a project that will take two to three hours to complete. 1. … Read more

5 Hot Tips to Keep Your Tires Cool This Summer

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Without a doubt, extreme temperatures can affect your car, including your tires. Tires expand and contract as temperatures rise and fall, and they typically can handle those variations without much problem. Yet, those temperature extremes can also lead to tire failure, which may happen at the most inopportune time, such … Read more

The Skinny on Summer Tires

Summer tires are a thing, but they’re probably not what you think they are: one-season tires. In fact, summer tires are best known as performance tires, which supply excellent dry and wet road traction and precise handling. What’s in a Name? So, why are they called “summer tires?” Likely for … Read more

Used Cars: Where the Bargains Are

Bargains on used cars are available if you know where to look. The average price of a new car is approximately $35,000 according to Kelley Blue Book, a price point that’s well beyond the reach of many car shoppers. One way to avoid that high cost is to settle for … Read more

America’s Crumbling Infrastructure and Your Car

Americans shell out an average of $300 for each pothole-related vehicle repair. Time to fix the infrastructure! America’s infrastructure of roads, bridges, and highways is in serious need of a major investment. Roads are in such disrepair in some areas that consumers are paying for it in personal repairs to … Read more

Its Not Too Late For Winter Tires

Winter has arrived (despite what the calendar says) and the holiday season is in full swing. From Thanksgiving through Christmas and on to New Year’s Day, many families will be traveling at distances not seen since the summer. If your travels include driving, you need to ensure that your car … Read more

How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

The first very cold weather of the season has arrived and that means winter will soon settle in. Seasonal extremes can take its toll on your car, but if you’re prepared you can avoid the worst that it has to offer. To that end, we’ll take a look at some … Read more

8 Car Rental Tips for the Holiday Season

Tens of millions of Americans will take to the road this holiday season, traveling to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. While many will depend on personal transportation, flying, or mass transit services, others will be in the market to rent a car. The car … Read more

Should I Repair or Replace My Car?

You slip behind the wheel of your car, turn the key and…nothing. You’re not sure what’s wrong with your car this time and it really doesn’t matter whether it is the starter, alternator or the battery causing the problem. You’re facing repairs for the second or third time this year, … Read more

8 Reasons to Avoid a Particular Used Car

You are in the market for a car and a used one at that. Shop around carefully and you just may find a deal that suits you. Then again, if you are not careful when evaluating your options, you could be taken for the kind of a ride you do … Read more

Manual Transmissions and How to Drive Stick Shift

Most cars include automatic transmissions, with the gears shifting systematically. Other vehicles have a manual transmission, requiring drivers to control the shift points with a clutch, a stick shift, and the accelerator pedal. A manual transmission provides drivers with a more engaged driving adventure, something you can learn as you … Read more

Dialogue and Your Automotive Technician

It was hard enough for you to buy a car. Now, you have to tell your automotive technician what is wrong with it. Worse, the same suspicions and doubt you had with the salesman is how you are approaching the technician. You think that you will be misunderstood or, worse, … Read more

Safety on the Road: Winter Driving Precautions

Taking to the road when winter driving conditions are present can be dangerous, but not entirely unavoidable. Slush, ice and snow may not be enough to keep you at home, especially if you are required at work or have some other appointment to keep. Before you take to the road, … Read more

How to Prepare Your Car For Winter

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Is your car ready for the (winter) road ahead? Winter’s icy grip can put its “hurt” on your car. Just like in summer, extreme temperatures can make your engine work harder and increase the chances that your car will fall prone to extreme weather conditions. The time to prepare your … Read more

How Many Miles Per Gallon Does a 2014 Minivan Get?

2014 Toyota Sienna minivan

The modern minivan movement began in 1983 when the Chrysler Corporation brought the Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan to the market. Those early models were based on the automaker’s K-Car platform, a compact car line that spawned numerous other Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth models. The earliest minivans lived up to … Read more

How to Make Your Car Interior Sparkle

Keeping the exterior of your car clean is not difficult. Regular washing and occasional waxing is pretty much all it takes. But, what about the inside of the car? People spend much more of their time inside the car than they do looking at it; a clean interior has a … Read more

7 Winter Storage Tips For Classic Cars

With storms looming and winter just around the corner, it’s time to store your classic car for the cold months ahead. Classic cars require a little extra care when it comes to winter storage, and while it might be a time-consuming process, the steps are important to help ensure optimal … Read more

Top Tips for Getting Better Gas Mileage

An automobile is more of a necessity than a luxury in Los Angeles. Unlike many U.S. cities that have square, box-like geographies New York, Philadelphia and Boston come to mind Los Angeles is generally spread out. It’s not unusual for Southland citizens to travel 15 to 30 miles to work … Read more

What You Need to Know About Winter Driving

Just as parts of the Northern Hemisphere enters a deep freeze, our friends in the Southern Hemisphere are enduring record heat. The earth may be a little blue marble, but weather conditions can vary widely and have a huge impact on your car. Driving Tips If you are planning to … Read more

How Can I Tell If My Car is Flex-Fuel Capable?

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Cars that are flex fuel capable are vehicles that can run on either straight gasoline or an ethanol blend. An ethanol blend is fuel that consists of up to 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, or what most of us know as E85 fuel. Not all cars are flex … Read more

How to Change Your Car’s Oil

Our local 10-minute oil change store finally has gotten it right: you don’t have to change your oil every three months or 3,000 miles unless you drive your car hard. As in taxi fleet hard. These days, shops have realigned their businesses to perform oil changes per manufacturer recommendations. That … Read more

Essential Tools to Keep in Your Car

You understand the importance of assembling a tool kit for your home, but do you have a tool kit for your car? With a brand new car, it is easy to overlook the need for such tools, but if you’re in an accident something as simple as duct tape or … Read more